Uzbekistan: LGBTQ asylum-seekers on the rise amid increasing persecution
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Uzbekistan: LGBTQ asylum-seekers on the rise amid increasing persecution

LGBTQ people in Uzbekistan are frantically applying for asylum in surrounding countries as they face increasing persecution. As well as threats of violence, LGBTQ people have reported being threatened with death as deep-rooted homophobia and discrimination further grow in the country. Human rights activists in the country have reported that numerous people are being forced to apply for asylum and flee the country. One trans woman, identified only as K, said that she was brutally beaten by Uzbek police and security forces a number of times between 2014 and 2017 after she refused to out other LGBTQ people.


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